The Struggle of Art in Kubla Khan

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We can also see the garden as Edenic imagery if we visualize the winding shape of the rills as resembling a snake, such as the one found in the Garden of Eden. The snake imagery can symbolize the temptation of Eve, and can also be seen as a phallic image - both interpretations reinforcing the sexuality of the “sinuous rills,” and the Edenic imagery bringing in the idea of divinity (v...
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It also seems odd that the poet would choose “incense-bearing” as a description of a tree, but it is another example of him combining the seductive qualities of incense with the naturalness of a tree (v.8). The pattern of imagery becomes much more flagrant in the next stanza. We get a juxtaposition of sexuality and nature already in the first line: “that deep romantic chasm,” which refers to that “Savage place! As holy and enchanted/ as e’er beneath a waning moon was haunted/ By woman wailing for her demon lover!” (v...
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